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How Much Does USPS Tracking Cost?

One of the many options that you can add on to your shipment is the ability to track and confirm its delivery. But how much does USPS tracking cost? In some cases this can be a very inexpensive feature, but for volume shipping it can get more costly. Understanding exactly what USPS tracking is, and what you can expect it to do for you, is the only way to decide if you need to spend money on it.

How much does USPS tracking cost?

On the individual package, for any First Class, Priority Mail or Priority Express Mail package, the cost of tracking is very low. It is only $1.05 directly at the post office counter, or you can add it to your online purchase for $0.23. The tracking must be added at the time of shipping. You cannot purchase tracking for packages that are not yet shipped. In other words, you can’t tie it to a shipping number. Once the package has been shipped, you cannot add tracking to it.

What tracking can and cannot do

It is important to understand that tracking a package is not the same as insuring a package or certifying its receipt. Those are all different options that you can choose for your shipment. All tracking does is tell you when a package has left its origination point and has been received by USPS, and when USPS has delivered the package to the address of record.

Why does my package have a tracking number but no tracking updates appear?

This is a common complaint from customers who are using USPS tracking. It comes from a misunderstanding of how tracking is used by USPS. Where FedEx and UPS offer tracking services that update you on the location of the package, USPS only will track the fact that the package was received for shipment and that it was delivered. It may or may not be tracked at the points in between. For most packages, this is enough. For some packages, being able to see where it is on its journey to the destination address is very important, and you may want to opt for different type of delivery service.

How much does USPS tracking cost for commercial accounts?

While offering tracking for your customers may seem like a winning situation for your commercial account, you may want to think twice about it. While Commercial USPS shipping accounts, both standard and Commercial Plus, can get volume discounts on the cost of shipping – there isn’t a comparable discount available on tracking.

That isn’t to say that no discount exists, but that you need to weigh how important tracking will be to your customers. For example, customers that are ordering electronics are going to be inclined to want tracking more than customers who order books. The fragility of the item, and the potential for the item to be an immediate need, should drive your decision about whether or not to pay extra for tracking.

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What is USPS Tracking?

USPS Tracking is a way for you to make sure that your most important packages make it to their final destinations. The US Postal Service can tell you the date, time and zip code where your item was delivered, giving you peace of mind. If the postal carrier tries to attempt a delivery, you’ll get the date and time of that attempt, too.

Types of USPS Tracking

USPS offers two types of tracking – retail and electronic.

Retail USPS Tracking: USPS sells retail tracking at its Post Offices. Just fill out PS Form 152, which is a bright green label that is available at the customer desk. You can check the status of your item by entering a code online at USPS’s Track and Confirm page or by calling a number on the form. customers can use retail USPS Tracking by combining PS Form 152 with either NetStamps labels or when printing postage directly onto envelopes.

Electronic USPS Tracking: If you print postage from an online service, such as, the program will include electronic USPS Tracking on your package for free for all mail classes.

How Does USPS Tracking Work?

USPS Tracking service is represented by a bar code that is either printed on your shipping label or attached to your letter or package with a sticker. In addition to information about the item’s final destination, the bar code allows the USPS to track how your item moves from city to city. The sticker, also called PS Form 152, is available for free at the post office and must be filled out by hand. Delivery status may be checked by entering the USPS Tracking number online at USPS’ site or at if you’re a customer.

USPS Tracking is free when purchased at the Post Office. USPS Tracking can be combined with other services, including Return Receipt, Return Receipt for Merchandise, Collect on Delivery (COD), Domestic Insurance, Registered Mail, Restricted Delivery and Special Handling.

Some items cannot be sent with USPS Tracking of any kind. These items include periodicals, letters and flat pieces sent by First-Class Mail, Standard Mail letters, Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail pieces and mail paid with pre-canceled stamps.

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What is USPS Delivery Confirmation?

Also known as “tracking”, delivery confirmation helps you track and confirm your packages by letting you know the date and time your shipment has been delivered or that a delivery attempt was made.  

Delivery confirmation is good for many situations, such as when you are shipping high value goods, when you want to know when your packages are delivery, or when you want your customers to know when they should expect their shipments.

Delivery confirmation is required when insuring a package, either through USPS or Shipsurance.

NOTE: delivery confirmation is not the same as insurance.

Tracking is also helpful when reporting a lost shipment. If a First-Class Mail or Priority Mail shipment has not arrived within five (5) Postal business days from its date of mailing, you can report the loss via phone or web:

  • Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) where a customer service representative will document your mail loss complaint.
  • Visit the Postal Inspection Service Web site and complete a mail loss report.

Access tracking information online or by phone:

  • Use the Track & Confirm tool on
  • Contact the USPS direct at 1-800-222-1811.
  • View real-time tracking status from your ShippingEasy SHIPMENT HISTORY.

Delivery confirmation is included in some services:

  • Included for free with these domestic services:
    • Priority Mail
    • Priority Mail Express
    • Parcel Select
    • Media Mail
    • First Class (excluding the Large Envelope/Flat)
    • Most Military Mail (APO/FPO destinations)
  • Available on some international shipments.  Further restrictions apply. 
  • Not available on First Class Large Envelope/Flat

General restrictions apply:

Package must be greater than ¾ inch thick.  Thinner contents must be placed and sent in a rigid box or container that won’t lose its shape or collapse into a flat or letter-sized piece during handling and delivery.

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USPS Tracking

USPS Customer Service

Service number: 1-800-275-8777 Domestic & International USPS Tracking: 1-800-222-1811

USPS Tracking Number Format

9400 1000 0000 0000 0000 00 0300 0000 0000 0000 0000 9407 3000 0000 0000 0000 00 82 000 000 00 There are also some other less used tracking number formats.


What is the reason for no tracking records? The most common cause of no tracking records is incorrectly typed tracking number. It is advised to check with the sender if you are not sure what the number is. Besides, it takes up to 24 hours for a new package to show up in the system. What are the hours of delivery? It is advised to check with local office for accurate results, because the hours of delivery vary by product and location.

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How many numbers are in a USPS tracking number?

Tracking number printed on your waybill is the most important element to track the status of your mails and packages. When you want to find the trace of your packages, you need to enter the accurate tracking number in a correct format. Also, you can make full use of the number format to make sure you enjoy the service you paid for. The following information will show you the tracking number format of USPS.

Certified Mail:-7000 0000 0000 0000 0000 and  9407 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

Global Express Guaranteed:-82 000 000 00

Priority Mail Express International:-EC 000 000 000 US

Priority Mail Express:- EA 000 000 000 US and 9270 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

Priority Mail International:-CP 000 000 000 US

Which services and tracking number formats are compatible?

Enter tracking numbers, spaces optional, for items using these services:

USPS Tracking®9400 1000 0000 0000 0000 00
Priority Mail®9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00
Certified Mail®9407 3000 0000 0000 0000 00
Collect on Delivery9303 3000 0000 0000 0000 00
Global Express Guaranteed®82 000 000 00
Priority Mail Express International™EC 000 000 000 US
Priority Mail Express™9270 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

EA 000 000 000 US
Priority Mail International®CP 000 000 000 US
Registered Mail™9208 8000 0000 0000 0000 00
Signature Confirmation™9202 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

Priority Mail:-1400 0000 0000 0000 0000 and 9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00

Registered Mail:-RA 000 000 000 US and 9208 8000 0000 0000 0000 00

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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for USPS TRACKING . This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site.

We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving our website. By using this website, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
You can generally visit the website without revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself. automatically receives and records non-personal information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page you requested. We may use this information to customize the advertising and content you see to fulfill your request for certain services. We never leak this non-personal data collected from you to others or for other use without your permission.

Log Data
Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our website (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

Cookies are files with a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Like many sites, we use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our website.

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

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If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us via email at [email protected] .

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About Us

USPS Tracking is an international package tracking tool online for all your packages. You can track your packages of USPS . Moreover, you can find detailed tracking information along with location on the map. In order to provide you with a more practical help, USPS Tracking offers a printable version of tracking information.

How to use USPS Tracking ?

1. Type your tracking number

Choose the courier you use and enter your tracking number to track your package.

2. Click the button “Track”

Click the button “Track” on the right side to track your package.

3. View your package info

Move to the tracking results page to view your package’s info, including package delivery records and location on the map.

To make USPS Tracking the best, we need to hear from you! If you have any comments, suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Purolator tracking policy

Tool Tracking Purolator takes user privacy very seriously. While using our products (including services), we may collect and use your relevant information in order to improve the quality of our services; we will do everything in our power to protect your privacy, as long as it is within a reasonable business scope. We recommend that you read the “Privacy Policy” in detail to get an understanding of what type of information we collect, how we collect this information and how we use it. By using our products or services, you agree to the collection, storage and use of your information as long as it follows the context dictated here and the adherence of local laws and regulations.

This “Privacy Policy” utilizes certain professional terms; we will try to explain things as concise as possible, so that you may understand completely.

The collection and use of information

We collect and store relevant personal information in order to create your Tool Tracking Purolator Account, and to provide the necessary support for any follow-up services. If you do not wish to provide this information, you might not be able to register an account, enjoy any or all services provided afterwards, or get the best user experience of certain services. Unregistered users may also use certain functions; we do not collect any personal information from unregistered users.

The information we collect includes:

  • Any infomation that you put in the search box.
  • Any infomation that DPD services return back.
  • Require permission to open your camera.

You may stop using our service at any time. When you delete data, a copy might remain on the servers for a period of time before complete deletion; this is due to computer system operation and continuous data backup and archiving features.

Information Disclosure

When you use Tool Tracking Purolator products or services, we assume that you allow and agree with these terms. Therefore, we shall not share your information with any third parties, sell or rent your information, or distribute this information to others; with the exclusion of the following situations.

  • We can use your camera to scan your barcode
  • We can use your tracking’s id to increase user experience
  • We can use your tracking’s details to increase user experience

Data Security

We use a variety of industry standard encryption methods (such as SSL, TLS) to protect you during the transmission, storage and sharing of data. But we ask that you understand that due to the limitations of the Internet, even while using the most advanced security technology available, we cannot guarantee 100% information security. Therefore, we ask that you understand and confirm the risks involved when transmitting information to us.
When you store data on our server, we will ensure the safety of your data through policies, physical means, logical means, etc. However, the data on your device or computer depends more on your equipment safety, so we recommend that you take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your local data.

Policy Updates

When there is an update on the Privacy Policy, we will display the update date at the top of the Policy in an obvious position. We recommend that you carefully check the updated content every time; when you continue to use our products or services, we shall always assume that you agree to the terms and conditions that are effective at the most present time.

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Can I get a tracking number for first class mail?

There are two kinds of First Class shipping: First Class Mail and First Class Package Service.

Within First Class Mail, there is a package type called “Large/Flat Envelope”. This is essentially a flat envelope you would use to ship documents. It is the least expensive service you can get with USPS through ShippingEasy and it is not eligible for tracking services.

On the other hand, within First Class Package shipping, there is a package type we refer to as a Thick Envelope (3/4″).  It can be used to ship documents or thin objects that are less than 3/4″ thick.  It can be a little more expensive, but it includes tracking.

Even though USPS does not include tracking on the very cost efficient First Class “Large/Flat Envelope”, they do return a reference number when a label is purchased. We agree it’s confusing – to all of us, including your buyers. So, we have hidden it across the board: SHIPMENT HISTORY and Shipping Confirmation Emails do not include this fairly useless number.

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